Guest Post: Annie Lockhart

  I’m so excited to be a guest here! I met Corey through blogging when we both were just starting out blogging back in 2006.     I, along with several others where invited to a wonderful BLOGGERS tea party/slumber party in her hometown in gorgeous Northern California. My grown children were a little concerned that I would travel to someone’s home that I had never even met in person. They called my blogging friends my imaginary friends.       Little did they know that some of my favorite...
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Hawaii's digital divide identified, Maui police chief admits to hit and run, Supreme Court nominee Todd Eddins heads to full Senate today, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii internet connectivity October 2020 by island Source: DBEDT State plan seeks to expand broadband connectivity across Hawaii. The 45-page Hawai‘i Broadband Strategic Plan 2020 offers what state officials say is a fresh look at ways to boost broadband connectivity at a time when the coronavirus pandemic is showing how important it is for education, health and economic prosperity. Star-Advertiser.Recognizing the need; State addresses ‘digital divide’ in Hawaii Broadband Strategic Plan ...
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Celebrity Cruises Holds Coin Ceremony and Keel Laying Event

Celebrity Cruises continued a time-honored maritime tradition this week.  The cruise line marked a construction milestone with the coin ceremony for the line’s newest ship, Celebrity Beyond.  This event coincided with the keel laying for the new ship.   The event took place in France at the Read More The post Celebrity Cruises Holds Coin Ceremony and Keel Laying Event appeared first on .
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Autumn colours in urban Tokyo

Natural autumn colours a long way away from any actual nature.
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Smoked Chicken & Kohlrabi Waldorf Salad

This modern take on a classic Waldorf salad switches out celery for kohlrabi and adds smoked chicken for a wonderful meal in itself. Apples, kohlrabi, walnuts and sultanas combine with smoked chicken and a creamy dressing to make this wonderful Waldorf salad!
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#SaudiArabia to Review VAT Hike Once Economic Crisis Ends - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia to Review VAT Hike Once Economic Crisis Ends - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia will review its controversial decision to triple the value-added tax once the current economic crisis is over, its acting media minister said.The VAT hike to 15%, implemented in July, is “like any decision, it will be reviewed once we’re finished with this crisis and things return to normal,” Majid Al-Qasabi said in a televised news conference on Thursday. Al-Qasabi, who also serves as minister of commerce, said h...
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Most markets retreat on lower oil prices, but post weekly gains | Reuters

Most markets retreat on lower oil prices, but post weekly gains | Reuters Major Gulf markets ended down on Thursday weighed by lower oil prices, but eked out gains for the week on optimism over a COVID-19 vaccine and hopes of a speedy global economic recovery.Over the past two weeks, financial markets globally were spurred by two U.S. drugmakers, Pfizer PFE.N and Moderna Inc MRNA.O, releasing encouraging news on the effectiveness of their vaccines against the coronavirus infection.The euphoria f...
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Reliance says retail venture completes fundraising, rakes in $6.4 billion | Reuters

Reliance says retail venture completes fundraising, rakes in $6.4 billion | Reuters India’s Reliance Industries Ltd on Thursday said its retail arm had completed its fundraising exercise as more than half a dozen investors poured 472.65 billion rupees ($6.37 billion) into a 10.09% stake in the company in two months.Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd (RRVL) began raising capital in September, with U.S.-based private equity firm Silver Lake Partners pumping 75 billion rupees for 1.6% of the venture.The ...
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Oil prices pull back as surge in virus cases raises concerns about demand | Reuters

Oil prices pull back as surge in virus cases raises concerns about demand | Reuters Oil prices slipped on Thursday as hopes for a vaccine were overshadowed by a surge in new cases of the coronavirus around the world, which raised concerns about the outlook for crude demand.Brent crude LCOc1 settled down 14 cents to $44.20 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude CLc1 slipped 8 cents to settle at $41.74 a barrel.The Brent price contango LCOc1-LCOc7, a market structure in which near-month barr...
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Let me declare LOUDLY AND CLEARLY – there has been NO PANDEMIC this year

I’ll continue studying the madness we are seeing around us (and also learn something useful on the way, re: PCR tests and all that), but this matter – which I’ve elaborated in my ICC complaint, needs to put down as a clear marker: that THERE IS NO PANDEMIC. Regardless of whether PCR tests are good […]
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All Saints Day

Usually on All Saints Day, November 1st, I go the Pere Lachaise Cemetery which is an especially lovely place but even more so on November 1st because many people come to visit those who have passed on and to bring flowers, usually mums. Due to the Confinement I missed it this year but on November 9th I made a quick trip up to Montmartre and while there, visited the small local Saint Vincent Cemetery. The leaves were turning. The ivy on the walls looked pretty. I’ve always like...
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Kontiki Expeditions Joins SLH as First Water-Based Member

Kontiki Expeditions announces their new association with Small Luxury Hotels of the World™. Kontiki Expeditions first yacht, M/Y Kontiki Wayra, is set to launch May 2021. The first water-based member of the SLH portfolio, Kontiki Expeditions offers sustainable stays off the coast of Ecuador. Guests can choose between two sea expeditions which provide an immersion into the local cultures, traditions, natural surroundings and cuisine of each port.
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Viking Thanksgiving Sale

Viking Thanksgiving Sale Viking has just rolled out a month-long Thanksgiving Sale on select ocean and river cruises. As you may well know, Viking is one of our go-to brands for ocean and river cruises. To see their current special offers, take a peek at the links below: Plus, We Have Perks! RIVER CRUISES : save up to $3,000 per couple, up to FREE international air, and up to $600 shipboard credit per stateroom. OCEAN CRUISES : cruise from $1,999/person plus international air from $799/pers...
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STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 14 November

U.S. weekly hotel occupancy slipped further from previous weeks, according to the latest data from STR through 14 November. 8-14 November 2020 (percentage change from comparable week in 2019):
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Global Hospitality Leader Millennium & Copthorne Prepares for Post-COVID-19 Recovery of Hotel Operations

A year after delisting from the London Stock Exchange, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Limited (M&C), a global hospitality leader, disclosed major initiatives that will prepare it for a recovery by as early as 2021 from the recent challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.The privatisation granted M&C greater agility and cushioned impact of the pandemic. Lessons learned and operational changes in recent months have helped to lay a much stronger foundation. Properties across the globe have ...
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Experts fear Thanksgiving COVID spikes—Can you have your turkey and stay healthy too ?

Holiday travel and family gatherings will bolster America's already growing number of coronavirus cases, experts warn.The CDC recommends families celebrating with people outside their quarantine households follow extra precautions.For families staying physically distant, there remain many ways to connect with each other this Thanksgiving. Like any holiday, Thanksgiving has always had challenges mixed in with the fun. There are maddening travel logistics, crafting a dinner to meet everyone's die...
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Business Travelers Itching To Get Back On The Road

Half (50%) of GBTA travel buyer and procurement professionals feel their employees are 'willing' or 'very willing' to travel for business in the current environment. Only one in five (22%) GBTA members feel their employees are not willing, demonstrating a strong readyness to resume business travel.
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European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar close

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Airtel recommends creation of an Optic Fibre Regulatory Authority, argues against increasing 512Kbps broadband definition

Airtel has recommended against redefining broadband from 512Kbps, arguing that this speed is enough for most broadband use in the country. “Throughput speed of >512 Kbps on broadband connection is sufficient to carry all data services, including video conferencing, e-commerce, digital financial services, and any other peer to peer services,” Airtel said. Most broadband connections offered in the country tend to be tens or hundreds of times faster than this, and while any one of the functions Air...
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NSO Group renews bid to get WhatsApp lawsuit dismissed

The NSO Group has made a fresh bid in an American appeals court to get WhatsApp’s lawsuit against it dismissed. The controversial cybersecurity firm has argued that it is entitled to “foreign sovereign immunity” as it “exclusively [original emphasis]” acts as an agent of foreign sovereigns. The district court, which had dismissed NSO’s appeal to dismiss WhatsApp’s lawsuit, had said that such immunity only extends to companies incorporated in the US, a ruling that the NSO Group has challenged. Wh...
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How much money you need to make to live comfortably in every state in America

The annual income needed to live comfortably in New York is $95,724. turtix/Shutterstock The cost of living is notoriously high in the US — but it can vary widely by state. Many Americans are reconsidering their living situations amid the coronavirus pandemic. More than 51 million Americans have filed for unemployment as months of lockdowns continue.  GoBankingRates determined the "living wage" necessary to live comfortably in each US state earlier this fall. Some states, like New York, re...
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Must read: New Research reveals latest traveler trends and top recovering destinations

Tripadvisor®, the world's largest travel platform, and Phocuswright, the leader in global travel market research, today jointly released the findings of a comprehensive new research paper into the shifting trends in global travel demand and traveler behaviors, charting the industry's road to recovery in the wake of the ongoing pandemic.
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A 'COVID-free' flight just landed in London. CNN's Richard Quest was on board

A transatlantic passenger flight that, even in the age of Covid-19, feels safe -- United Airlines flight 14 from Newark which landed at Heathrow Airport early on Tuesday seemed to be exactly that.
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Why The Tourism Industry Needs Sustainability Champions | By Carlos Martin-Rios

In the absence of leading role players in sustainability, the tourism landscape currently benefits from an eco-system of academics, startups, entrepreneurial businesses, NGOs and the public secto
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Third-Quarter Brand Performance Update: Summer Helps Industry Gain from Q2 Shutdown Lows | By Rodney Clough

Third-quarter results for public company brands showed marked improvement from the lows of the second quarter, which included widespread lockdowns, strict gathering restrictions, and extreme curtailing of corporate travel. Moreover, during this early-in-the-crisis period, the public at large was generally more willing to reduce or eliminate any travel plans and stay at home. As the summer took hold, COVID-fatigue began to sink in, and more and more travelers emerged from their homes to bo...
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World Golf Awards a major success for Turfgrass Consultancy

Hoiana Shores, Vietnam. Photo Credit Gary Lisbon  Irish clubs, hotels and industry leaders did well at the 7th  World Golf Awards but there was also success for an element of the game that often gets overlooked — the agronomists.It’s little wonder that  Turfgrass Consultancy, an Irish company founded by John Clarkin, was thrilled to see four of its re...
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As India keeps out of RCEP, foreign minister Jaishankar bats for self-reliance

In the name of openness, India has allowed subsidised products and unfair production advantages from abroad to prevail, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said. At two virtual events held this week, he explained why India has chosen to stay away from the China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which was signed on Sunday. Jaishankar articulated the NDA government’s desire for self-reliance (Atmanirbhar Bharat) — reduced dependence on imports — in various sectors of the ...
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Tamil Nadu govt working on modalities for law banning online gambling, state govt says: Report

The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday told the Madras High Court that it is working on a law banning or regulating online gambling, which Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami had announced earlier this month after the court first called for regulation. The Additional Advocate General for the state, Sricharan Rangarajan, said the state government may have to pass an ordinance to this effect, as the state assembly is not in session. This was first reported by Bar & Bench.  The cour...
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Middle East, #SaudiArabia News: Minimum Wage Raised for Citizens by 33% - Bloomberg

Middle East, Saudi Arabia News: Minimum Wage Raised for Citizens by 33% - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia will raise its minimum wage for citizens by a third to 4,000 riyals ($1,066), according to a statement by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development.The ministry said the decision will be applied five months from Wednesday, without giving an exact date.The higher minimum wage must be paid for a worker to be counted as part of a company’s quota of citizen employees, the ministry said. Work...
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#UAE is a committed member of OPEC: energy minister | Reuters

UAE is a committed member of OPEC: energy minister | Reuters UAE Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei said on Thursday that his country has always been a committed member of OPEC and that it has demonstrated this commitment through its compliance to the current OPEC+ oil supply reduction agreement.“As a reliable and longstanding member of OPEC, we have always been open and transparent in all our decisions and strategies in support of OPEC,” Mazrouei said in a statement to Reuters.The minister’s co...
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